I am sad to report that another local motorcyclist has been killed by a careless driver.  WETM-TV is reporting that 29 year old Anthony Church of Newfield, NY was traveling South on Trumbulls Corners Road in Newfield at 9:40 PM on Friday night when an oncoming car crossed over the center line and struck Mr. Church and his motorcycle head on.  Mr. Church was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the car that killed Mr. Church has been identified as 21 year old Ian Clark, also of Newfield.  State Police are investigating the accident but no charges have been filed at this point.

The WETM story can be found here, and is reproduced below.

Although no charges have yet been filed in the motorcycle accident case, this should not be taken as a sign that no charges will be filed.  As a former prosecutor, I know that law enforcement officers want to make sure that they have all available information in hand before making a decision on what crime a suspect should be charged with.  In this case, as in all fatal MVA’s, the State Police are required to take a blood sample to test for the presence of alcohol and drugs.  In a case of this seriousness, the State Police routinely calls in their accident reconstruction team, who can determine relative speeds, evasive maneuvers, points of impact, and pre-accident vehicle positioning, all of which can have a bearing on what charges will be filed.

When the state Police charge Mr. Clark, they want to be sure they are charging him with the crime or crimes that are supported by the evidence.  Unfortunately, it can take a bit of time to gather that information.

We will continue to update our readers as more information becomes available.  In the meantime, our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Church.  Please keep them in your prayers.

Thanks for reading, and watch out for careless drivers!

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Reported by: Nick Natario
Email: nnatario@wetmtv.com
Last Update: 9/04 10:00 pm
(2008) Newfield, N.Y. – A motorcyclist is dead after a car struck him head on.State Police in Ithaca say Anthony Church, 29 of Newfield was traveling southbound on Trumbulls Corners Road when he was hit by Ian Clark, 21 of Newfield Friday night around 9:40.Officials say Clark was heading northbound when he crossed into the other lane and struck the motorcycle.

Church was pronounced dead at the scene.

Clark received minor injuries.

The State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit was brought in.

At this time no charges have been filed against Clark.